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The Lucky / Press

“The Lucky is garage-punk band out of Kansas City with a knack for pop hooks. On “Swimming Invisible” they strut their stuff with a maximum amount of swagger like on the guitar-noodling filled barroom rocker “Hey Rosie.” With predominantly female vocals with relatable lyrics, the raw punk sound remains fresh. “Sex Dream” has high school level sex references and “Cuss The Rich” shows the band has room to mature but the pop hooks are still hard to ignore. “Mad Ones” will remind you a bit of the New Pornographers and “Kansas City” is a dead ringer for a Pornographers tune. “Swimming Invisible” is a fun record with high energy and oozes of sex appeal, it could easily be this summer’s guilty pleasure.”

"Over the fading outro of “Hey Rosie”, track 3 on The Lucky’s forthcoming album Swimming Invisible, I found myself reflecting on raw, unaffected songwriting. Going for it all with every ragged, stage-drawn breath. No room for pretense, just a near-compulsion for thrashing strings bloody and smashing sticks to a pulp—all borne from the simple joy found in expressing your chosen art form as you see fit."

“Before cranking up Swimming Invisible, the raw, loud, energetic first full-length album by local punk band the Lucky, make sure no children are around - or your mom and dad, for that matter. I inadvertently started rocking out to "Sex Dream," the band's ode to somnolent sensuality, while lounging on my parents' couch a couple of weeks ago. I snapped my laptop shut right as vocalist Camilla Camille was about to launch into the chorus: Pump it like a sex dream. Pump, pump! I wanted to leave as quickly as possible so I could listen to the song again and turn it up louder. Such is the essence of the Lucky - fun, rowdy, occasionally subversive, and a little bit naughty. According to lead guitarist and vocalist Iason Mac Ai, who rounds out the lineup along with bassist Calandra Rene and drummer Dustin Mott, the Lucky's live shows are quite the spectacle as well.”

“The tracks that I like best are the more punk rock, upbeat, fast, and in this song [Hey Rosie] almost kind of an Oi! feel to it. I like it a lot.”

“‘Sex Dream’ is a sensual exploration of fantasies played out when sleep comes and is riddled with flirty, sexual lyrics, without becoming smutty. The song is based on “Story of the Eye” by Georges Bataille and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black – not what you’d necessarily expect and it adds a few extra layers to a catchy melody. ‘Gay Night for the Straight Kids’ is one of the more humourous tracks on the album and refers to when Camille saw Turbonegro and witnessed a bunch of straight guys making out with each other. It blurs the line between friendship and relationship in a witty and fantastical way. The album is full of interesting stories, references to lyrical prose and some kick ass grunge rock. Not to mention there are some amazing solos shredded to full power on this album, well supported by the often over-looked drumming, which brings it all together.”

“Here we've got a Kansas City-based garage rock band that does a fairly more pop style despite being heavier on the guitar and drums. Oddly enough the third female vocalist with remarkable talent to be featured in this Grab Bag. Not a free download via bandcamp (as always streamable) but I guess there might be some way to get it here, but I can't really endorse that site as I've no experience with it and I hold I strong distrust of most anything integrated with facebook.”

“The Lucky’s songs have a wry grin on their face, but that smile is full of razor sharp teeth. A band with a ton of attitude, they spit and snarl on the self-titled release.”

“The Lucky does not waste anyone’s time getting into the nitty-gritty of its self-titled EP. A four-count of fast, punky guitars drives you straight into the opening track, whimsically titled “Lalalalike You,” a cute little diddy about—not love—simply lalalaliking someone. Lead primarily by the vocal work of [Iason Mac Ai], his female counterpart Camilla Camille, chimes in every now and then to boost the anthem into a high-speed duet.”

"I liked that a bunch ... They could have opened for Nirvana in 1991. Wow!"